Quick Path to be a DPO and Data Auditor

FDPPI has been conducting one day program for CIOs and experienced GDPR professionals across the country. In the month of March programs are scheduled in Bangalore (2nd march 2024), Mumbai (9th March 2024), Ahmedabad (10th March 2024), Kolkata (23rd March 2024) and Nagpur (24th march 2024).

Presently, registration is available only for the Bangalore event on March 2nd as per details mentioned above.

This program is designed as a preparatory program for professionals to appear for a two hour online examination for C.DPO.DA. which is the flagship training program of FDPPI.

The program is meant for experienced professionals with exposure to GDPR and Implementation of ISO 27001 or similar frameworks.

The program will focus on implementation issues and discuss the legal and practical implementation issues with reference to DGPSI framework. (DGPSI is Data Governance and Protection Standard of India which is a compliance framework designed for compliance of DPDPA 2023, ITA 2000 and Desired expectations under the BIS standard).

The participants can appear for the exam once and successful completion would result in the C.DPO.DA certification.

The recommended reading material is the book “Guardinals of Privacy..A Comprehensive handbook on DPDPA 2023 and DGPSI”. Copies of the book may be made available at a discount of 30% on prior request.

Registrations are now open here.

Amount Payable:

Participation in the course:

Rs 6000/- + GST Rs 1080: Total Rs 7080/-


Rs 12500/- +GST Rs 2250/- Total : Rs 14750/-

Participation + Examination: Rs 21830.00

This is an one time offer with 50% discount on the published prices as a special drive.


It is recommended that those who take the examination consider buying the book “Guardians of Privacy……” to ensure that they have the material to answer the examination questions. This books covers DPDPA 2023 and DGPSI and only a reference to GDPR as a comparison to DPDPA 2023. It does not cover GDPR, CPRA, HIPAA and Singapore PDPA which are part of the examination.

There is 30% discount coupon available for those who take the examination which will be provided on request.

The 36 hour program of FDPPI for C.DPO.DA. covers all the legal aspects of GDPR and other global laws as required for the examination.

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Event in Delhi: February 17, 2024

FDPPI in association with Manipal law School and ISACA, Delhi Chapter is organizing a half day event in Delhi at India Habitat Center (Magnolia Hall) on “Implementation Challenges in DPDPA 2023”.

The event will consist of two sessions. The first session will be a panel discussion as per details below.

The Second session would be a Fireside Chat between Naavi and Mr Rakesh Maheshwari, formerly from MeitY.

Registrations have now been closed.


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Grand Celebration of International Data Privacy Day

FDPPI along with Manipal Law School, CSA Bangalore, BSPIN and NXP made this year’s International Privacy Day memorable with a grand two day event in Bengaluru.

On 27th the event was held at Hotel Lalit Ashok and on 28th the event continued in NXP premises in Manyata park.

Nearly 200 professionals attended the event on both days. Some photographs of the event are given below.

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The First Little Step to Compliance

The successful completion of the Audit of the website will result in issue of a Certificate and A Badge as indicated in the sample. It will be specific to the website audited and is restricted to compliance for processing of information of web visitors only. It is not a corporate compliance certificate. It is only a “Process Oriented Compliance Certificate” and will involve compliance of relevant aspects of DPDPA 2023 with ITA 2000 as per DGPSI framework.

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Advocate M G Kodandaram analyses DPDPA 2023

Advocate M G Kodandaram is a member of FDPPI and contributes his valuable thoughts on many legal issues related to Privacy and Data Protection.

In a series of articles, Mr Kodandaram is presenting his views on DPDPA which will be available here.

Views expressed here may be considered as the personal views of Mr Kodandaram.

The first part of the article is available here.

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International Privacy Day 2024

FDPPI commenced its Privacy Day celebrations for the 2024 with an event at CarlZeiss Bangalore on 19th January 2024. Naavi and Ramesh Venkataraman participated in th inhouse meeting where senior executives from Carl Zeiss from India and Germany participated. The discussion was centered around the impact of DPDPA 2023 on the Healthcare industry. In the process the principles of Privacy under GDPR was also discussed.

There are 3 more events planned by FDPPI for this year’s Privacy Day celebrations on 27th and 28th of January 2024.

On 27th January 2024, Hyderabad Chapter of FDPPI will be conducting an event as per details below. It would be a hybrid event.

P.S: Confirmation from Chief Guest Awaited

At Bangalore, FDPPI along with Manipal Law School Bangalore, CSA Bangalore, and BSPIN will be organizing one event on 27th January and another on 28th January 2024.

Both will be hybrid programs. Registration for physical events have been closed. Registrations for virtual presence is open.

Kindly await further information on the registration link or send an email to fdppi4privacy@gmail.com : attn: T C Manju

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FDPPI Innovation Center

In an effort to encourage its members to develop products and services in Privacy and Data Protection and generate IP in the domain, FDPPI is setting up a Center of Excellence and provide mentoring guidance leading to development of innovative products.

Where necessary experts associated with FDPPI will provide guidance and assistance in filing Patents so that over a period valuable IP may be developed in the domain.

Watch out for more details in this regard.


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DPDPA 2023 and DGPSI discussed with CIOs, Pune

FDPPI conducted a one day workshop on DPDPA 2023 and DGPSI with the CIOKlub, Pune on 6th January 2024.

During the day a very fruitful discussion was held with nearly 50 senior CIOs from different companies in Pune.

CIOKlub is presently working on conducting similar programs at other chapters of the organization during the next 3-4 months.

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2024 would be the Year of DPDPA 2023 compliance

FDPPI would like to celebrate 2024 as the year of DPDPA 2023 compliance. After a long wait, the act has come into existence. Irrespective of the debate on its adequacy, FDPPI would like to dedicate the year 2024 for DPDPA 2023 compliance with as many activities as possible for spreading the knowledge of DPDPA 2023 across the professional world.

Watch out for more announcements in this regard.

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The Day After IDPS 2023

FDPPI successfully completed the two day physical conference IDPS 2023 on te theme of Privacy Challenges from the emerging technologies such as AI, Metaverse. Quantum Computing and Blockchain based crypto currencies as well as Neuroscience also found some reference in the discussions. The DPDPA 2023, the upcoming DIA and the GDPR also was discussed to a brief extent.

One of the key thrusts was how to be compliant with DPDPA 2023 and the answer was provided in the form of DGPSI or Digital Governance and Protection Standard of India. Naavi not only pressed that DGPSI is the only framework at present for DPDPA 2023 and it incorporates the requirements of ITA 2000, BIS standard (draft released on August 10 2023) embracing the principles of ISO 27701 to the extent necessary.

Naavi gave a call to all ISO auditors to add DGPSI audit to their portfolio with a Six hour training on DGPSI and taking an examination for C.DPO.DA. which incidentally includes knowledge of DPDPA 2023, GDPR, US data protection laws and Singapore PDPA.

The exclusive program will be held in the month of December or early january once the Government notifies the DPB and initial rules.

Shortly Naavi will release his new book on DPDPA 2023 and DGPSI which will cover the DPDPA 2023 and DGPSI. Material on GDPR and other global laws will be available as a supplement to the book and together would form the basic reading material.

While training partners of FDPPI will continue to provide their virtual and physical trainings, current ISO auditors who have certifications as lead auditors of ISO 27001 with or without ISO 27701 experience as well as current CIPP certified persons can appear for the C.DPO.DA.exam directly. The passing of C.DPO.DA. would however require the knowledge of DPDPA 2023 and DGPSI. The attendance of DGPSI element of training would be mandatory while the other trainings are optional.

The pricing of FDPPI programs have been revised accordingly. Once the next exam date is announced, those persons who attended the last training program on Module A will be allowed to take the exam with whatever fees had been prescribed earlier. The new prices will be applied from 1st December 2023.

With this FDPPI will try to be focussing on examination and certification while the training partners will focus on training. While Cyber Law College will continue to be one of the training partners, other training partners who can conduct classes on Module I and Module G are welcome to register as Supporting Members/Training Partners and conduct training programs on a franchise model. In particular we are looking for individuals and organizations who can conduct physical programs at different locations in India or abroad. Details can be obtained from FDPPI.

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